career, purpose, and vocation continued

First of all, I’d like to share my immense gratitude for the success of the Business with Intention Workshop this Saturday in Chicago. Going into the workshop I had an idea of what things would probably be most important and helpful. But I think I massively underestimated the power of the in-person connection these women business owners felt from meeting one another. The MML and BWI community is a group of like-minded individuals looking to make an intentional impact in the world, their personal lives, and in the lives and businesses of their new friends.

I have a feeling the Chicago workshop participants will be reaping the benefits of knowing and sharing with one another for years to come. Which makes me feel so humbled. Instead of feeling like  the “one in charge” of something like this, I now feel like a steward that is able to facilitate this wonderful connection and experience for these entrepreneurs.

And I’m honored to do so in Washington DC as well as the cities yet to come. Clara [the coolest person ever] and I will be announcing the new locations soon.

Okay, now it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Today I’d like to follow up my video where I explain the difference between career, purpose, and vocation with a little case study to also illustrate my points.

Above, are my new crushes, Sophia Grace (8) and Rosie (5).

After discovering their immense talent on The Ellen Show, I was struck at how they perfectly illustrate the fluid nature of career, purpose, and vocation.

From watching their singing and dancing it is clear that they have the opportunity to use their talents to make performance a career, purpose, or vocation, depending on their intention throughout their lives.

First of all, it’s obvious that they can probably make money by singing via ad revenue on their insanely popular You Tube videos, Ellen performances, or other events in the future. Or, they can choose to not monetize their popularity.

Secondly, it is clear that they are delighting and bringing joy to people that watch their videos. This is an example of how they are helping to make other people’s lives better in the present moment. Sure, they may not do this once they are 12, 26, or 58 years old. But at this moment, their performances are making people happy and fulfilling their life purpose.

In the future, they may decide to become doctors, receptionists, or fire fighters and help people in different ways. This is a great example that what we do now to help people, does not need to be what we do for the rest of our lives. It can change and evolve with our stages in life and intentions.

When we are actively focused on helping people wherever we find ourselves, that is living our ultimate purpose.

Or finally, Sophia Grace and Rosie might grow up and find that they would like to dedicate their lives to singing and dancing. They may find that this unique talent is deeply fulfilling to them and they want to continue to preform as a vocation. Again, as I mentioned before, they can choose to to make this a vocation without necessarily making this their career. They could choose to be an engineer and build bridges (career/purpose) and sing for free (purpose/vocation). On the other hand, they could sing for money and craft a career/purpose/vocation out of their gifts.

It’s all up to them and no choice is “better” than another. Vocation is not something that is really any more “special” than purpose since they both involve what is truly most important: helping other people in the present moment.

 

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  1. pve

    so sweet to find one’s passions at any age.
    love those dresses….
    pve

  2. pve

    so sweet to find one’s passions at any age.
    love those dresses….
    pve

  3. Alyssa

    First off, just want to say THANK YOU again for the great workshop this weekend. You are so right that you’re becoming a facilitator of powerful relationships between small business owners, and I personally think that is an amazing thing. Going into the workshop, I was excited to meet other female business owners, but I also underestimated how great it would feel to make those connections. As someone who is on the cusp of launching a business full-time, spending the day with a group of likeminded ladies and working through your content gave me so much peace of mind, reassurance and most importantly, inspiration for the next step. Keep doing what you’re doing Jess! I can’t thank you enough for the experience 🙂

  4. Alyssa

    First off, just want to say THANK YOU again for the great workshop this weekend. You are so right that you’re becoming a facilitator of powerful relationships between small business owners, and I personally think that is an amazing thing. Going into the workshop, I was excited to meet other female business owners, but I also underestimated how great it would feel to make those connections. As someone who is on the cusp of launching a business full-time, spending the day with a group of likeminded ladies and working through your content gave me so much peace of mind, reassurance and most importantly, inspiration for the next step. Keep doing what you’re doing Jess! I can’t thank you enough for the experience 🙂

  5. alicia

    Love those little girls! I live in Houston but will be coming to Chicago this summer for Excelerate Labs and look forward to attending Business in the City sometime. Congrats on a successful workshop.

  6. alicia

    Love those little girls! I live in Houston but will be coming to Chicago this summer for Excelerate Labs and look forward to attending Business in the City sometime. Congrats on a successful workshop.

  7. Anna

    It was such a fun Saturday, Jess! Thank you again for sharing your insights and your talents with us 🙂 xoxo

  8. Anna

    It was such a fun Saturday, Jess! Thank you again for sharing your insights and your talents with us 🙂 xoxo

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